Mick Ronson Interview

He first gained international fame and acclaim as David Bowie's guitarist. He then went on to build a solo career for himself, playing in bands with Bob Dylan and Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople) along the way. The team of Mick Ronson and Ian Hunter is back with a new collaboration titled “Y U I Orta” (Polygram Records). Mick took time from his current tour of the States to talk with us about his past, present, and future.

Q. You've played some large venues in your career, with David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Mott the Hoople. Tonight you're playing in a club. Is that a come down for you, or is it all the same, whether it's a club or a 20,000 seat arena?
A. For me it's all the same. I mean even if there's ten people there, if ten people really enjoy it, and you enjoy playing to them. That's fine. There is no difference for me from a club to a bigger arena. Sometimes a big arena is a bit of a drag, because it's a bit like a cattle market. It's very impersonal playing in an arena, whereas in a club, it's very much like a one-on-one. I kind of like that feeling. If we did play the arenas I'd like to have more of this intimate feeling inside of it, then just sort of running wildly on the stage and having fireworks, and bombs go off, and God knows what else. That's just a spectacle. It's got nothing to do with playing music. Bob Dylan can play a big place and he can make it look like a club. But, I bet Tom Waits could do the same thing.

Q. What were you doing before you teamed up with David Bowie?
A. I was in a blues band. It was called The Rats. That's basically all I was doing. I guess what I wanted to become was one of the Rolling Stones. Before that I played classical music. I played classical violin, classical recorder and piano. This is from when I was very young.

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